|Application Deadlines & Fees|
The Certified Professional Organizer® examination windows are during the months of February, June and October. Examination applications must be received no later than five business days prior to the last day of the exam window.
Standard Fee $450
For refunds and cancellation policies refer to the BCPO® Handbook.
The Annual Maintenance Fee (AMF) is $100 per year. The first payment is due upon passing the CPO® examination. Payment must be current to maintain the credential.
Request for Special Testing Accommodations
The Board of Certification for Professional Organizers® provides special accommodations in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1991. If a disability prevents you from taking the examination under normal conditions, you may request special accommodations. You must submit along with your application form a written request for special accommodations that explains the nature of the disability and the type of accommodation you feel is appropriate. In addition, you must provide supporting documentation of the diagnosis from a licensed health care professional.
English as a Second Language
The CPO examination is offered in English only. If English is not your primary language, BCPO® recommends (but does not require) that candidates sit for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL®) examination prior to sitting for the CPO® examination. Your scores on the TOEFL will provide a useful gauge for you to determine whether reading and comprehending English will present problems for you on the CPO® examination.
Scoring & Reporting
The BCPO® examination consists of 125 multiple choice questions with four (4) choices per question. Twenty-five of these questions are included for research purposes only and will not be included in your score. The research questions are not identified; therefore, candidates should answer all questions to the best of their ability. Examination results will be based only on the 100 scored questions on the examination. You have two hours to take the exam.
There are multiple versions of the examination. A weighted review process is in place to ensure that each candidate has an equal opportunity to pass the examination.
The passing grade is a scaled (weighted) score of 70 out of a possible 100 points on the grading scale (and not merely 70 correct answers out of the 100 non-research questions). Candidates are not required to have a passing score in each of the six domains of the examination.
There is no limit to the number of times unsuccessful candidates may take the examination, provided that all the eligibility requirements in effect at the time of application for re-examination have been met. To apply for re-examination, each time the candidates must complete all required application forms and pay the appropriate examination fees.
BCPO® strongly believes in protecting the identity of examination candidates. The BCPO Board of Directors, NAPO Board of Directors and NAPO Headquarters staff members are unaware of the number of times a candidate has taken the exam or their score. All identities are kept confidential until there is a passing score.
Application Review and Audit
BCPO® is charged with the responsibility for safeguarding the integrity of the CPO® designation. Part of this responsibility entails ensuring that candidates who apply for the certification examination do, in fact, meet the eligibility requirements; therefore, BCPO® is required to audit a certain percentage of all exam candidates. Candidates are randomly selected for audit. In the event of an audit, candidates must be prepared to provide documentation to support their eligibility for the exam.
Only those who have successfully passed the CPO® examination and certification requirements are authorized to use the Certified Professional Organizer® logo. ;
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